Image captured with functional MRI shows the location in the brain’s ventromedial prefrontal cortex (VMPFC) where an increase in neural altruism occurred for a group of women who wrote about gratitude daily for three weeks in an online journal in a study conducted at the University of Oregon. The same response was not seen in a group of women whose journal entries did not touch on gratitude. Source: Courtesy of Christina Karns In lieu of exchanging gifts under the Christmas tree this year, my family decided over Thanksgiving that each of us would donate money to a specific charity or non-profit organization in honor of one another. It’s been fun to scour the internet for various causes that I know will resonate with each particular individual. Anecdotally, I can corroborate that the “warm glow” of confirming a gift donation to charity feels much different than pushing “Buy now with 1-click” for myself on Amazon. In addition to stocking stuffers and a donation to the ASPCA in her honor, there is one present I decided to buy my 10-year-old daughter…It’s a hand-blown glass “Wishing and Gratitude Globe” designed to be a ‘piggy bank for wishes, dreams, blessings, and thank yous’ written on rolled up… Read full this story
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